The Medical City Advances Healthcare Program to Boost Medical Tourism in the Philippines

Delegation shares recent advancements to attract medical tourists to the country

The Medical City (TMC), a private tertiary care hospital in the Philippines, will continue to make advancements in its healthcare services in a move to boost the country’s medical tourism.

At a press briefing on Medical Tourism in the Philippines held at Millennium Airport Hotel, the delegation from TMC Philippines presented innovative healthcare services such as Robotics Surgery, Human Stem Cell and Cell-based Therapy Program and Laser Treatment for Scars that are available to the increasing number of tourists seeking medical treatment and procedures in the country.

Delegation from The Medical City Philippines (Left to Right): Jose Javier Gonzales (CEO Europe, Middle East & Africa), Dr. Samuel Bernal (Consultant, Personalized Molecular Medicine Program), Dr. Becky Desiderio (CEO TMC Dubai), Margaret Bengzon (Managing Director Global Business Development, CEO TMC Guam), Dr. Maria Mercedes Cruz (Head Laser Unit – TMC Center for Wellness & Aesthetics), Dr. Julius Cajucom (Head of Robotics Surgery Program) and Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes (Phil Consulate General – Dubai & Northern Emirates)

The delegation from the Philippines include Dr. Cenon Alfonso, an experienced surgeon and the CEO of TMC Clark, Dr. Julius Cajucom, Urologist and head of the Robotics Surgery Program, Dr. Maria Mercedes C. Cruz, Dermatologist and Head of Laser Unit, Centre for Wellness and Aesthetics and Dr. Samuel D Bernal, Consultant, Institute of Personalised Molecular Medicine (IPMM), The Medical City.  The event was also graced by Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes of the Philippine Consulate General – Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Jose Javier Gonzales – TMC CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Margaret Bengzon, Managing Director for Global Business Development & CEO of Guam Regional Medical City.

According to Dr. Alfonso, the target of TMC is not only to be on top in terms of provisions but on providing value to health as well. “We are not only talking about short-term cost but long-term cost of health care. The new value to care is not sick care or disease care but wellness care – preventive rather than reactionary which is what we want people to engage in especially those who are exposed to various unhealthy socio-economic-cultural lifestyles.”

Dr, Alfonso, who discussed “Quality and Innovative Healthcare with Tender Loving Care in the Philippines,” said that medical tourists seeking treatment or procedures in the Philippines will find the cost of care highly competitive, the quality of care is at par with the world and the country ranks top in the world for the most welcoming and happiest population.

Surgeon Dr. Cenon Alfonso (CEO of TMC Clark, Pampanga) speaks to guests at the press briefing

“The cost of treatment at TMC is very competitive against Singapore, Thailand and any Western country considering complexity. We have well-trained, Western-educated and English-speaking healthcare professionals, we are known for our care and compassion and the tourism attractions which are available for fast healing and relaxing recovery after a medical procedure,” Dr. Alfonso pointed out.

Medical tourists who seek less invasive treatments will find TMC’s Robotic Surgery procedures effective and convenient. TMC has been offering robotic surgeries since  2010 for procedures that target difficult and hard to reach areas. Recently TMC  acquired its second robot, the more advanced da Vinci Si Surgical System for many urological, colorectal and gynecological operations.

“The advantages of robotics surgeries are manifold. Compared to open surgeries, it only makes tiny incisions on the patient’s body where holes are made and through these holes, the arms of the machine are inserted to perform the needed procedures. It is less traumatic, less bloody, causes less pain post-operatively and promotes faster recovery,” explained Dr. Cajucom who discussed  TMC’s Robotics Surgery Program.

Dr. Cruz discussed treatment of scars by using laser procedure while Dr. Bernal focused on the first fully-accredited Human Stem Cell and Cell-based Therapy Program in the Philippines. The backbone of the IPMM is Regenerative Medicine, involving the engineering of cells and other biomaterials to restore or replace organ function lost or impaired due to disease, injury or aging, and ultimately improving the quality of life.

As one of the top medical institutions in the Philippines certified for excellent medical care, The Medical City is promoting health through different approaches, one of which is interventions for those who are already requiring them due to illness. TMC has the widest spectrum of care provided by its specialty centre, from the simplest consultation, second opinions, check-up, dental surgery up to the most complex Cardiac, Organ Transplantation, Orthopedic, Weight Management, Aesthetic, Eye Surgery, Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation Programs and many more.

The Medical City is accredited by the Joint Commission International  (JCI), the only patient safety and quality healthcare accreditation and certification body with membership in more than 100 countries worldwide. TMC’s health network serves over 50,000 in-patients and more than 1.5 million outpatients every year. It has more than 1,500 medical staff complemented by 5,000 allied medical and administrative staff.



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